Review – Some Veil Did Fall by Kirsty Ferry

By | November 14, 2014

What if you recalled memories from a life that wasn’t yours, from a life before …?

When Becky steps into Jonathon Nelson’s atmospheric photography studio in Whitby, she is simply a freelance journalist in search of a story. But as soon as she puts on the beautiful Victorian dress and poses for a photograph, she becomes somebody quite different … 

From that moment on, Becky is overcome with visions and flashbacks from a life that isn’t her own – some disturbing and filled with fear. 

As she and Jon begin to unravel the tragic mystery behind her strange experiences, the natural affinity they have for each other continues to grow and leads them to question … have they met somewhere before? Perhaps not just in this life but in another? 

And another lovely read from Choc Lit… mmm, can you see a theme emerging here?!  Some Veil Did Fall by Kirsty Ferry was published on 7th October (available in paperback and for Kindle), and I have to say that if the author had asked me for a list of everything I wanted in a book she couldn’t have done any better.  First there’s the fact that it’s a timeslip novel (something I’m always attracted to), it’s part set in Victorian times (my favourite for a historical read), there’s a more than a touch of the supernatural (perfect)… and, on top of all that, it’s set in Whitby, one of my favourite places.  

I took an inordinate amount of time to read this book, only because there was so much else going on in my life at the time, but it was a thoroughly enjoyable read and a lovely way to escape into a different world.  The modern heroine Becky is suitably feisty with an appropriate amount of Yorkshire straightforwardness, and Jon is the loveliest of modern heroes.  The Victorian story – of Adam and Ella – is wonderfully romantic, very exciting, and well told, and the overlaps between the two stories are beautifully handled, as are the supernatural elements.  

If I do have a criticism, I would have liked both stories broken up a little. The book is in three distinct parts (the present, the Victorian story and back to the present day), and I would have liked it better if the stories had alternated by chapter.  But it’s only a small thing – it was a lovely read.  This, I know, is the first book in a series called The Rossetti Mysteries, and I’m really looking forward to seeing what Kirsty Ferry does next.

My thanks to publishers Choc Lit for my e-copy.

Kirsty Ferry is from the North East of England and lives there with her husband and son. She won the English Heritage/Belsay Hall National Creative Writing competition in 2009 and has had articles and short stories published in Peoples FriendThe Weekly NewsIt’s FateVintage ScriptGhost Voices and First Edition. Her work also appears in several anthologies, incorporating such diverse themes as vampires, crime, angels and more.

Kirsty loves writing ghostly mysteries and interweaving fact and fiction. The research is almost as much fun as writing the book itself, and if she can add a wonderful setting and a dollop of history, that’s even better.  Her day job involves sharing a building with an eclectic collection of ghosts, which can often prove rather interesting. Some Veil Did Fall, set in Whitby, is Kirsty’s debut novel with Choc Lit.  Kirsty can be found on both Twitter and Facebook.